Vincent van Gogh completed Le Moulin de la Galette in 1886. Van Gogh created this painting while living with his brother in an apartment in Montmartre on the northern edge of Paris.
From the apartment it was an easy walk to the outskirts of the city where small cottage farms could be found nestled among the hills. Painting outdoors helped van Gogh explore the effects of natural light, which gave his palette a sun-drenched quality that purged his rural subjects of their characteristic somber tonalities.
The cafe in the next painting, Terrace of a Café on Montmartre (Le Guinguette), has been depicted by many artists. Keep reading to discover what makes van Gogh's interpretation unique.